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Chelsea 1-0 Liverpool: Player Ratings

Ashwin Asok
ANALYST
Top 5 / Top 10
3.36K   //    07 May 2018, 00:03 IST

Chelsea v Liverpool - Premier League
Giroud with the all-important goal

To simply put it, it was a match which Chelsea simply could not afford to lose. They were five points behind fourth-placed Tottenham coming into the match and three points were vital for their hopes of Champions League football next season.

Liverpool, though, were in high spirits as they qualified into the Champions League final following their victory against Roma midweek.

Despite Liverpool starting on the front foot, Chelsea took the lead through Olivier Giroud as he headed past Karius. Liverpool had work to do in the second half but failed to convert their chances The Chelsea defence stood tall to claim a precious victory.

Here's how each player fared on the night:


Chelsea:

Thibaut Courtois- 8/10

Courtois was the busier of the two goalkeepers in the first half and he made some really good and critical saves to keep Liverpool at bay. He was not tested much in the second half and has now kept three clean sheets in a row.

Cesar Azpilicueta- 7/10

The Spaniard complemented his other two centre-backs brilliantly and as always, silently went about doing his business. He made some crucial interceptions to stop Liverpool from taking the advantage.

Gary Cahill- 8/10

The Chelsea captain has had his share of criticism this season but has been a man in form over the past couple of weeks and he stepped up and lead their defense expertly today.

Was rock-solid in the second half and his experience was there for everyone to see.

Antonio Rudiger- 7/10

Playing on the left-hand side of the back three, Rudiger was tasked with tracking Salah's inside runs and he did his job brilliantly.

He also found the back of the net but was flagged offside.

Victor Moses- 8/10

By far Chelsea's best player in the first half His deflected cross found Giroud who gave them the lead.

Was solid defensively as well and never stopped running for one minute. Provided the much-needed width to stretch Liverpool.

Cesc Fabregas- 7/10

Chelsea's creative force from the middle of the park, Fabregas put in a good shift. Had a couple of misplaced passes in the first half, but overall, a pretty good performance from him

N'golo Kante- 9/10

Without question one of the best defensive midfielders in the world, N'golo Kante showcased his magnificence yet again as he made a remarkable eight interceptions on the night to negate Liverpool. Another brilliant outing from the player.

Tiemoue Bakayoko- 6/10

The Frenchman has had worse performances in a Chelsea shirt and despite some mistakes, his presence in the middle of the park hindered Liverpool's free-flowing attack. A confidence-boosting game for Bakayoko.

Marcos Alonso- 7/10

Tasked with tracking Salah, Alonso rarely put a foot wrong. He often found himself in spaces further up the field and was unlucky not to have scored from a brilliantly connected volley.

Eden Hazard- 8/10

Hazard's mazy runs were too hot to handle for Liverpool at times and his link-up play with Giroud is increasing game-by-game. Did his job well and was always a thorn in Liverpool's plans.

Olivier Giroud- 8/10

Chelsea's match-winner on the night, Giroud once again repaid Conte's faith in him. His brilliant header was the difference on the night and that was perhaps the most important goal of their season yet.

Substitutes:

Willian- N/A

Replaced Hazard in the 86th minute and but didn't do much to trouble the Liverpool defenders.

Davide Zappacosta- N/A

Replaced Moses in the 89th minute to provide energy on the right flank.

Pedro- N/A

Brought on to waste time in the 93rd minute as he replaced Fabregas.

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